Exmouth RNLI rescue dinghy sailors in River Exe

PUBLISHED: 10:57 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 29 October 2018

Exmouth RNLI's Inshore lifeboat in action. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

Exmouth RNLI's Inshore lifeboat in action. Picture: Exmouth RNLI

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Dinghy sailors were rescued by Emergency services on Saturday (October 27) after getting into difficulty in the River Exe.

Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat George Bearman II was launched at around 6pm after reports of two different dinghy sailors in trouble in fading light.

Both men were rescued in ‘bitterly cold’ gusts of wind - which were blowing in the opposite direction to the tide - and transferred to Starcross Yacht Club.

The first sailor phoned the coastguard after 12-foot dinghy ran aground on a shingle bank in the River Exe. The second man had tried to make his own way but had taken on water.

Helm Scott Ranft said: “The first casualty did the right thing and called the Coastguard using his mobile phone, although a VHF radio would have been a more reliable method of communication.

“The second casualty had taken on a substantial amount of water in his dinghy, he was struggling and could have found himself in a more serious situation in the dark if we hadn’t assisted him at the time.”

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